To get the most out of your machine, use these steps to start preparing your tractor for snow removal..:
Check the Coolant
If your tractor has been working hard all summer, you’ll want to make sure everything is adjusted appropriately before the cold weather hits. One of the most important elements to check is the coolant. If the level is low, top it off and make sure it has the correct mixture for upcoming winter temperatures. This will help ensure none of the components freeze up in the elements, preventing unnecessary downtime and costly repairs.
Test the Battery
Cold weather can slow everything down, including your battery. Batteries should last for several years, but if you’re noticing your tractor is slow to turn over when the temperatures start to drop, it’s worth a quick inspection.
First, check the battery visually. Look for any broken or corroded terminals and wires, cracks or splits in the battery casing, and fluid leaks. If everything passes the visual inspection, move on to testing the voltage.
Voltage can easily be tested at home with a voltage meter. For a consistent battery that starts right up in winter conditions, you should be getting a reading that’s above 10 volts. If you’re consistently testing below this level, it’s time for a new battery.
Adjust the Tires
Proper tire pressure is essential to getting top performance from your tractor. Tires that are underinflated by just 10% can reduce their lifespan by as much as 15%. Having the right tire pressure levels will ensure you have the best possible traction when things get slick as well as help your tractor perform at full capacity. If you’ll be working on a steep grade or in especially icy conditions, you may want to consider a set of chains for added traction.
Look at the Lighting
The arrival of winter means less daylight. If you’ve been operating primarily during daytime hours, give all of the lighting elements a once-over before you’re left in the dark. This not only helps you operate more effectively, but also keeps you safe when snow is blowing and visibility is low.
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